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‘Thank You For Your Service’, But…

Feb. 27 | Granted that serving in war is no walk in the park, what happens when soldiers return, trying to readjust to peaceful civilian life? Sadly, the bloodier the experiences one had gone through, the harder it is, even if home is much craved for. Appropriately,...

Are You Upsetting The Global Environment?

Feb. 25 | Question: Will liberated animals upset the ecosystem? Answer: As the answer, below are some points for reflection… [1] Some liberated animals are protected in well-managed sanctuaries. Some are liberated in the open, able to move around, not in...

Does Blood Donation Break Any Precept?

Oct. 17 | Question: Does blood donation break any Buddhist precept? Answer: Voluntary donation of blood does not break any precept at all. In fact, it upholds the spirit of the First Precept, as not only is there no killing, there is its opposite – the...

Are These IVF Choices Killing?

Aug. 8 | Question: During the process of IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation, for ‘test tube babies’), ‘extra’ embryos (fertilised eggs) are [1] donated to other potential mothers, [2] donated for research, [3] kept frozen indefinitely or [4]...

All Sentient Beings Love Their Lives

Dec. 13 | As all love their own eyes,  So too they love their young.  The love for one’s own life is endless.  Therefore, one should never kill sentient beings. – Śākyamuni Buddha  (Sūtra of Accepting the Ten Good Karmas as Precepts 受十善经)  The...

Where Are ‘Religious’ Killers Reborn?

Jul. 5 | Question: When terrorists claim to kill in the name of a deity believed in, will they go to hell?  Answer: Yes, unfortunately, if there is no sincere repentance in time. This is so as such killing is always with greed (to win favour), hatred (for non-believers)...

What Did The Buddha Teach About Abortion?

May. 6 | Question: Did the Buddha teach that abortion should be avoided? Answer: Yes, as killing of sentient beings is generally discouraged throughout the Buddha’s teachings, while the first to eight kinds of negative karmic actions listed below in 佛为首迦长者说业报差别经...

Should I Work In A Prison?

Nov. 23 | Question: According to Buddhist teachings, is it morally alright to work in a prison? What if one’s work is linked to prisoners facing the death sentence? Answer: It is alright to work in a prison, so long as it is a fair prison, where the incarcerated...

Should We Kill Many Others To Protect Ourselves?

Sep. 23 | Thinking, ‘As am I so are others, as are others so am I’, harm none nor have them harmed. – Sakyamuni Buddha (Sutta Nipata 705) For protecting humans upon complaints, does the searching for destroying of animal ‘pests’, such...

Queries On Abstention From Killing (& Meat-Eating)

Aug. 3 | (Upasaka Zhou Anshi was an eminent Qing dynasty Buddhist and author of Anshi Quanshu (安士全書). His masterpiece fully captures the spirit of Chinese Buddhism and the vision of the Buddha and sages.  The 13th Pure Land Patriarch Great Master Yinguang...

‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny’ (That Is Arbitrary)

Jun. 20 | The story continues the romanticism of swordplay and destiny. What better way to combine the duo by more harping on the ‘Sword Of Destiny’? Truly, it is an empty case of existence preceding essence… Shape a sword and call it ‘Destiny’,...

Should Buddhists Kill In War?

May. 25 | Question: If we are at war, in defending our country, as a Buddhist conscripted soldier, should we kill enemies charging towards us, or just let them overrun us? Answer: In this situation on defence, it is not about just about Person A (you) versus Person...

‘Julie & Julia’, The Lobster Killers

Jun. 15 | In the movie ‘Julie And Julia’, Julie (Powell) got nervous about preparing a ‘lobster thermidor’ dish, by following Julia Child’s recipe in her cookbook. She lamented that Child made killing sound so easy, saying, ‘I...

It’s A ‘Kung Fu Jungle’ Out There?

Feb. 4 | If literally translated from Chinese, the title of the movie ‘Kung Fu Jungle’ (一个人的武林) would be ‘One (Single) Person’s Wushu (Martial Arts) Jungle’. The action film tells the tale of how a wushu expert crazed...

Can Buddhists Seek Revenge? (‘Out Of The Furnace’ Of Hate)

Nov. 5 | 孝顺父母, 师僧三宝, 孝顺至道之法, 孝名为戒, 亦名制止。 – 梵网经 (释迦牟尼佛) [With] filial piety [to] fathers, mothers, teachers, monastics [and the] Triple Gem, filial piety [is the] teaching [of the] ultimate...
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